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Evans Commons duties on hold

Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons Nigel Evans will not resume chairing duties in the chamber while police investigations continue into allegations of rape and sexual assault, a Commons spokesman said. Mr Evans denies the allegations.

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Nigel Evans 'overwhelmed' by support in wake of arrest

Nigel Evans has been "overwhelmed" by the support from colleagues and his constituency after he was arrested on suspicion of raping one man and sexually assaulting another.

The 55-year-old Conservative MP for the Ribble Valley said:

I'm overwhelmed by the number of colleagues who have come up to me. You know MPs don't shake hands but I've never shaken so many MPs hands as I have today and giving me support which is really helping me get through this.

I'm now going to return to the House of Commons, get a spot of lunch and then get back on with the work that I need to be doing as a constituency member of parliament for the Ribble Valley area and the area that I love and has shown me fantastic support over the last 48 hours, which, I've got to say have been the worst two days of my life.

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